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The bizarre tale of
America’s last known POW

New York Post, by Michael Gartland

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 6/1/2014 12:34:58 AM

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last known American POW, was freed after five years in captivity — an ordeal that began and ended in Afghanistan under a shroud of mystery. The Taliban turned over Bergdahl Saturday morning to US special forces in exchange for five notorious Islamic militants who had been held at Guantanamo Bay and will be sent to Qatar, where they will stay for a year under the terms of the trade. At least one of the prisoners, ranking Taliban leader Khairullah Khairkhwa, had direct ties to Osama bin Laden. Bergdahl was picked up by helicopter in western Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border.

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After trying to read this article, sounds like 0bama really made a bad deal & the soldier should have been freed there and left with his peeps in Afghanistan. Article claims that Taliban prisoners traded to Qatar will "stay" for only a year. Then what?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: losgatos, 6/1/2014 1:07:26 AM     (No. 9868965)

FTA “I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

This is why Obama wanted him back.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: john56, 6/1/2014 1:37:04 AM     (No. 9868970)

Maybe a little drone practice excercise in Qatar is in order ...


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Reply 3 - Posted by: annie xango, 6/1/2014 3:46:51 AM     (No. 9868981)

Me thinks we have not heard the last of Bowe..here come the talk shows, the articles etc. bashing the military..we´ll see.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 6/1/2014 7:46:23 AM     (No. 9869053)

Well now. This is getting interesting and scarier by the minute:

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

This from an American service man who is a ballet dancer and who can´t seem to make up his mind who he is. Strange. But the following is infuriating:

There was fierce debate over exchanging him for the five Taliban combatants. Sen. John McCain, himself a former POW, once described the five as “the five biggest murderers in world history,” according to Rolling Stone.

McCain, himself once a POW, is arguing against Bergdahl´s release for the five terrorists, and is ignored. McCain could not have been the only person in the "fierce debate" that took place.

Who was at the debate? Who was for the exchange and who against? And why did Obama break the law in the end? Did anyone try talking him out of it?

Finally, why has this one serviceman who seems to hate America gotten so much attention and effort? He seems to have at least mentally defected, although that can be Stockholm Syndrome, we don´t know yet.

Muddy story, getting muddier.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: msjena, 6/1/2014 7:52:48 AM     (No. 9869060)

I predict Americans will die because of this trade. I thought we didn´t negotiate with terrorists? And where was the press on this? Had anyone even heard of Bowe Bergdahl before his release or imminent release?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lazyman, 6/1/2014 8:10:53 AM     (No. 9869075)

So a guy who violated his oath of office is released by a guy who violated his oath of office to free 5 hardcore men who will fight to the death for what they believe. Winning?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Starlady, 6/1/2014 8:13:37 AM     (No. 9869077)

How do we know he really is a POW. It seems as if he would prefer living with his "captors." He could come back here as a terrorist under their influence.
His father seems like a kook as well. He pretty much told him to desert.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: planetgeo, 6/1/2014 8:13:54 AM     (No. 9869078)

I am eerily drawn by this event to Homer´s epic, "The Iliad." In it he recounts the 10-year siege of the City of Troy. One of the fascinating constructs of this epic was the tale of the Trojan Horse. I call this a construct because clearly it could only be a metaphor...a giant wooden horse left as a gift from the departing invaders to the besieged city.

A gift, filled with hidden warriors, brought in by a joyous,unsuspecting populace who then celebrated long into the night and then slept from too much drinking and revelry for their apparent good fortune. And then the murders as the hidden warriors were loosed within the city´s walls.

What could Homer have possibly meant by describing such a fantastic construct? Silly ancient fairy tale. Foolish ancient people.

Six years into our 8-year siege...Sing, goddess, the rage of Frank Marshall Davis´s son, Obama...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: catfur27, 6/1/2014 8:23:33 AM     (No. 9869089)

...so once again Czar Zippy ignores the law if it doesn´t suit him ( laws are for mortals) ...and does what He wants...just like the king he thinks he is ...BUT ... it was for a good reason,right?? ...getting back a U.S. POW ...in exchange for releasing for five of the most dangerous terrorists in Gitmo...??...who could question that??!! .....oh and btw..and what a great photo op !!

...well , as Paul Harvey used to say "...and now for the rest of the story "....worth noting that about 97% of the media is not mentioning this.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/1/2014 8:32:30 AM     (No. 9869098)

You have to wonder how many American soldiers have been killed and wounded in Afghanistan while out in the wilds looking for Bergdahl over the years?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: KatieJo, 6/1/2014 9:02:13 AM     (No. 9869124)

I say we quit paying congress and take away their benefits. We now apparently live under a dictatorship that does as it pleases regardless of the law. They eventually find a judge who will rule in their favor too, so what really is the point of paying all these other people?

What was the urgency in freeing this guy I´d never heard of, until this morning, in exchange for 5 really bad guys who hate us? For some reason they did not want it out in the open. Another Cloward-Piven shoe drops and the media acts as though it were normal and a good thing.

Hey, how´s that marine doing who´s chained to his bed in Mexico?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GrandmaP, 6/1/2014 9:05:20 AM     (No. 9869127)

I wonder if he hadn´t been turned by the Taliban. His release inevitable at some point but why not negotiate for some Gitmo captives while they were at it?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 6/1/2014 9:35:31 AM     (No. 9869158)

The article quotes a White House official stating they "don´t give a sh** why he left, they just wanted to get the soldier out".

1. It makes a HUGE difference if the soldier went AWOL and joined the enemy.

2. For this "traitor" (according to a member of his unit, before the Obama administration coerced his parents and comrades to sign confidentiality agreements), Obama released 5 of the worst murderers in history (against the law) ---but the soldier sitting in a Mexican jail, Obama does absolutely nothing.

Every day, another scandal. This one make cost thousands of American lives.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Mildred, 6/1/2014 9:45:13 AM     (No. 9869170)

This is one weird situation. It sounds as if Bergdahl deserted and now the administration wants him back. Why? Hagel says because his life was in danger. His life has been in danger since he arrived in Afghanistan. So why trade him for 5 Guantanamo prisoners and why now? More cover up for more scandals to be uncovered. He needs to be kept in confinement here for a good long time and the people of Idaho need to stop planning a big party.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bridgepard, 6/1/2014 10:02:17 AM     (No. 9869190)

What a great way to close Guantanamo. Trade all the inmates for abducted Americans on a 5-1 basis. Won´t be long until the next kidnapping. A win for the Taliban. A win for Zippy. A win for the inmates. A win for the kidnapped American. Win-Win-Win-Win. This is what passes for "smart" in the Obama White House.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hubertsmom, 6/1/2014 10:02:57 AM     (No. 9869191)

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Now Michelle can be proud of HER America for the second time in her life.

Where is MY country?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Italiano, 6/1/2014 10:14:41 AM     (No. 9869207)

He belongs against a wall next to that other traitor, John Kerry.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: FLCracker, 6/1/2014 10:35:07 AM     (No. 9869230)

From the Editors: "Anyone getting the idea someone didn´t know what they were doing?"

My response: anyone getting the idea someone is trying to show they care about soldiers?"

For the rest of you, two words: Stockholm Syndrome.

I´ll give Berhdahl the benefit of doubt for a good while. FIVE YEARS without the support of even one other POW.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Edgelady, 6/1/2014 11:06:19 AM     (No. 9869264)

My gosh, this guy was a mental wanderer, never seriously committing to anything - his Army career was doomed from the beginning. He wouldn´t have mentally survived the Peace Corps. No belief system would´ve lived up to his ideals.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: jglas, 6/1/2014 11:16:23 AM     (No. 9869278)

Besides the fact that he sounds exactly like the kind of soldier Obama would like to get back (they think alike), the high price indicates the possibility the Taliban might have something on Obama he wouldn´t like known or he`s trying to make amends for screwing up the deal he made to trade the blind Sheik or maybe both.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mitzi, 6/1/2014 11:34:20 AM     (No. 9869296)

There are bunch of tweets by @CodyFNfootball who says he was there and reports what he witnessed.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: kiwinews, 6/1/2014 11:55:18 AM     (No. 9869310)

Speaking as someone who´s learned another language by immersion, I don´t see how the guy suddenly can´t speak his mother tongue. Sure, you hesitate over some words because mixing both vocabularies seems natural, but being unable to speak english after only five years? This fellow is deeply, deeply messed up.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: melanie, 6/1/2014 12:40:49 PM     (No. 9869337)

This "happy ending" is not without some sour notes. This guy was definitely not "Marcus Lutrell" or "GI Joe" material... He was more like a goofy rootless child of Idaho hippies who had a "Rodney King" idea of how to deal with the crackpot terrorists in the Middle East. Glad for him and his parents, but it wasn´t a good trade on a national level.)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/1/2014 1:03:52 PM     (No. 9869354)

About Bergdahl´s walking off and being captured, from the archives:

http://www.businessinsider.com/american-pow-bowe-bergdahl-gave-indications-that-he-might-desert-2012-6

And the late Michael Hastings´s article for Rolling Stone:

It was also a disappointment to Bowe. He had entered the Army for the adventure, as a substitute for the French Foreign Legion, and here he was, shackled to a bunch of goof-offs. Bowe told Fry he didn´t think the other soldiers in the unit were competent to fight. "He wanted to be a mercenary, wanted to be a free gun," says Fry. "He had a notion he was a survivalist, claimed he knew how to survive with nothing because he grew up in Idaho. He had stories of him doing crazy (deleted) out in the woods for weeks in Idaho."
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Returning to Alaska after Christmas, Bowe said something that would stick with Fry months later, long after they arrived in Afghanistan. "Before we deployed, when we were on Rear D, him and I were talking about what it would be like," Fry recalls. Bowe looked at his friend and made no bones about his plans. "If this deployment is lame," Bowe said, "I´m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan."

More here, well worth a read. Breitbart thought Hastings was an excellent investigative journalist. Good enough for me:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607page=2#ixzz33PLJtxOd

There have been many questions, most of which are now overshadowed by his return. That doesn´t mean they shouldn´t be revisited and pondered.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/1/2014 1:13:01 PM     (No. 9869360)

More from the Hastings piece.

When he complained of what was going on, his father emailed him to follow his conscience. Shortly after that he left.

From the article linked above:

Ordinary soldiers, especially raw recruits facing combat for the first time, respond to the horror of war in all sorts of ways.(snip)

Bowe Bergdahl had a different response. He decided to walk away.

In the early-morning hours of June 30th, according to soldiers in the unit, Bowe approached his team leader not long after he got off guard duty and asked his superior a simple question: If I were to leave the base, would it cause problems if I took my sensitive equipment?

Yes, his team leader responded – if you took your rifle and night-vision goggles, that would cause problems.

Bowe returned to his barracks, a roughly built bunker of plywood and sandbags. He gathered up water, a knife, his digital camera and his diary. Then he slipped off the outpost.


http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607page=4#ixzz33POMRAXN


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Reply 26 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 6/1/2014 1:19:26 PM     (No. 9869364)

Raises a few questions:

1) Any connection between this prisoner swap and the outing of the CIA Station Chief?
2) How many of the 9,800 "tripwire" sacrifices we´re leaving behind in Afghanistan will die due to the release of these five Taliban leaders?
3) Why is this enforced secrecy increasingly necessary with this regime: "The military pushed his parents and fellow soldiers to sign nondisclosure agreements."? [cf Benghazi.]
4) With the MSM hyping the Bergdahl side of the swap (and ignoring the Gitmo terrorists released), will this help the Dems in the mid-terms?
5) Was Obama already negotiating with the terrorists when he gutted the "must notify Congress" clause by deleting it in his signing agreement?
6) Etc.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/1/2014 1:21:15 PM     (No. 9869365)

A read of this article and Hasting´s Rolling Stone piece from 2012 reveals that the Post´s Gartland, although embedding a link to the Rolling Stone article (by Michael Hastings) went on to lift verbatim entire sections of Hastings´s article and include it in his article without setting it off as quoted material. Shame, shame.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: oh-heck, 6/1/2014 1:40:47 PM     (No. 9869380)

It sounds like a truly lousy deal for American interests. But not so bad for Obama´s interests. His plan to leave Afghanistan involves a truce between the Taliban and Karzai. This was the Taliban´s price. It also removes 5 of the worst at Guantanamo. And finally it gets the Bergdahls off his back.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 6/1/2014 2:05:48 PM     (No. 9869402)

The article erroneously refers to his release as a rescue. Bergdhal went AWOL, if not deserted, in a combat zone. He needs to be courtmartialed and spend another five years in Leavenworth.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: BreakRight, 6/1/2014 2:09:59 PM     (No. 9869407)

If we HAD to make a trade, couldn´t we have thrown Zippy, Hillary, Jane, and Kerry into the deal as sweeteners?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Manbearpig, 6/1/2014 2:10:24 PM     (No. 9869409)

Look at this message posted on Facebook by Allen West. There is more to the Bergdahl father than meets the eye, this is a tweet recently deleted sent by the father, he is an Islam sympathizer....https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152783213771729&substory_index=0&id=22067606728

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Reply 32 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 6/1/2014 2:17:06 PM     (No. 9869413)

Sounds like nut(apple) didn´t fall far from the tree

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Reply 33 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 6/1/2014 2:47:06 PM     (No. 9869418)

Yes indeed, the father looks like a kook. A freak, too.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/1/2014 2:56:00 PM     (No. 9869422)

This reminds me a bit of the trio who went hiking along the Iranian border and ended up in a Tehran prison. They too wanted to be critical of the US and ´make friends´ in the Middle East.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 6/1/2014 3:00:20 PM     (No. 9869424)

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/11/27/Karzai-Will-Sign-Agreement-with-U-S-Says-Obama-Administration-Claimed-Taliban-Not-Our-Enemy

Karzai: Obama Administration Said Taliban ´Not Our Enemies´

by William Bigelow, November 27, 2013

Karzai confirmed that the Obama Administration actually told him that the Taliban, which provided al Qaeda its base of support for September 11, was not an enemy of the U.S. He said:

Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: "The Taliban are not our enemies and we don´t want to fight them."


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Reply 36 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/1/2014 3:29:08 PM     (No. 9869458)

My question is this:

Why couldn´t Obama have made this deal right away? Why did it wait for nearly five years? Does anyone think the Taliban wouldn´t have taken those five prisoners in exchange immediately?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Tulunk, 6/1/2014 4:02:52 PM     (No. 9869478)

Just listened to Bergdahl´s parents comment about their son´s release. The mother said the usual things you would expect. Dad, now, grabbed the mike like an experienced community organizer and yapped on for at least 10-15 minutes...an eternity on prime time TV. From what I have heard junior is a deserter, and I wouldn´t have traded the proverbial yellow dog for his return.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Hermoine, 6/1/2014 4:25:17 PM     (No. 9869497)

The man in the White House is one of two things:

1. An incompetent fool

2. A cunning traitor

Take your pick.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/1/2014 4:39:51 PM     (No. 9869507)

Why do all these stories of Bergdahl make me think of John Walker Lindh?

The timing of this, with Obama having troubles on all fronts, makes me very suspicious as well.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/1/2014 4:58:32 PM     (No. 9869520)

Much better to have kept those "five worst" locked away at Guantanamo. They will come back to haunt us. And cost more American lives. Count on it.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/1/2014 5:14:05 PM     (No. 9869531)

From the Daily Mail - 2010:

Nadeem also shed some light on how Bergdahl was captured.

After the serviceman left his post in Paktika´s Yahya Khel district with an Afghan soldier he was spotted entering a nearby village.

A group of eight Taliban gunman in a nearby field were alerted and ambushed the pair, killing the Afghan soldier.

Bergdahl was knocked to the ground and ordered to strip and put on Afghan clothing. His kidnappers disposed of all his clothing and belongings, fearing he may be bugged.
The American was initially terrified that he would be beheaded, Nadeem said, but has since become ´very relaxed in our company´.


Read more:

"Taliban claim captured U.S. solider has converted to Islam and is teaching its fighters bomb-making skills"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1305184/Bowe-Bergdahl-Taliban-claim-captured-U-S-solider-teaching-fighters-bomb-making-skills.html#ixzz33QMAI3Tj


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Reply 42 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 6/1/2014 5:27:04 PM     (No. 9869540)

Odd that his captors kept him alive (i am of course glad). But one wonders, their only purpose had to be for a time when he could be used as a bargaining chip.

As i posted yesterday, i am very cynical about the whole thing, mostly where the Regime is concerned.

What was the big hurry? Did "we" get word that the captors were ready to rid themselves of their excess "baggage"?

*The pressure of massive scandal at the VA?
*An absurd speech at West Point?
*Multivalent domestic policy failures?
*Failures in Syria, Egypt, Libya? Asia? *African girls (sorrowfully) gone
*BENGHAZI where four men died and many were seriously wounded?



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Reply 43 - Posted by: Fat Elvis, 6/1/2014 6:25:20 PM     (No. 9869578)

Please,
Obama has a terrible week, losing his VA Sec, and his Press Sec(Good riddance to both, btw), and then there´s this magic rescue of Bowe Bergdahl, and Obama´s a hero again??
Give me a break.
It will be a great day for this country when this Gangster-In-Chief leaves office and heads off to his beachfront 35million dollar mansion in Hawaii.
God willing, we may some day finally know the truth about Obama, and I mean ALL the truths about this guy that his cronies and the press have worked so hard to conceal from the American people.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: boliver, 6/1/2014 6:46:26 PM     (No. 9869593)

#31 - I checked out his father´s tweet, it is very damning! "@Balkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen." I can see why it was quickly deleted. I hope the son has a case of Stockholm Syndrome and this is not something much more nefarious.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: lana720, 6/1/2014 8:12:05 PM     (No. 9869630)

He went to the enemy, many men perished looking for him. He should be shot for treason. No wonder zippy is celebrating. He gets to empty Gitmo a few at a time and has another photo op. Contemptible!

This Sgt´s father, and probably mother, is complicit. How would he know the kid may not understand English? From whom did he obtain that info? I thought he was speaking Hebrew. A very tangled web.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: LOL Thomas, 6/1/2014 9:33:01 PM     (No. 9869682)

From the article:

Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. . . . the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”

Apart from Bergdahl, why did those sergeants plan to leave the platoon as soon as they could?

Excluding all the other suspicious aspects of the Bergdahl narrative, might the platoon sergeants’ antipathy toward the Afghanistan campaign . . . and possibly some of Bergdahl’s antipathy toward it . . . have derived from the putative Commander-in-Chief’s Rules of Engagement?

In October 2012, a Breitbart writer reported his discussion with some platoon members in Afghanistan:

They gave me numerous examples of how the ROEs by which they must abide not only make their jobs harder, but put their lives at increased and unnecessary risk:

. . . Now, if we see two guys on the side of the road and it looks like they´re planting an IED, we are told to wait -- because they might be farmers.

It´s like our goal is to kill them with kindness. . . . instead of winning their confidence by killing the Taliban or the Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG).

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/27/Soldiers-On-The-Ground-Obama-s-Rules-Of-Engagement-Are-Costing-U-S-Lives-In-Afgahnistan


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Reply 47 - Posted by: golfmann, 6/1/2014 11:21:56 PM     (No. 9869738)

I am ashamed these evil monsters are in charge....

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Trigger2, 6/2/2014 4:58:01 AM     (No. 9869801)

Barry & the Butcher of Benghazi left 4 true patriots to be murdered in Benghazi as not being worthwhile of rescue, yet Barry & Lurch are proud to have swapped 5 top jihadists for an American hating deserter so they can murder even more Americans and innocents. Patriots murdered; deserter rescued. This administration should be tried for treason.

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A conservative group is welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Iowa this week by accusing him of supporting “liberal” judges in the Garden State — as it looks to raise questions about whether conservatives can trust the Republican to ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) said it was spending $75,000 on two online ads — one 15 seconds long and another 90 seconds — that say Mr. Christie has missed a number of chances to change the “liberal” makeup of the New Jersey Supreme Court and has worked with Democrats. “Over and over, Chris Christie said he would fix it, remake the court

Massachusetts city ends contract
with Christian college over gay rights
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 7:56:48 AM     Post Reply
Salem, Massachusetts, put an end to a long-time contract with the Christian-based Gordon College after administrators refused to cave to the gay-rights movement and remove a ban on “homosexual behavior” among students and staff. (Snip) The contract, in place since 2008, was actually due to wrap in August, but Salem officials decided to use the opt-out clause and exit the agreement early, The Blaze reported. “The city had the option of opting out early,” Mr. Sweeney told the Christian Post. “When the college became part of a public controversy over attention on longstanding behavioral standards we have as a private Christian institution,

Marine jailed in Mexico says first
court hearing did not go as expected
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 10:38:50 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Marine who has spent months in a Mexican jail on guns charges said on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” Monday that his first hearing in the case did not go as he had expected, as a language barrier prevented him from speaking directly to the judge. A Mexican federal judge sent Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi back to prison Wednesday after he made his first official courtroom appearance since being locked up more than three months ago for accidentally crossing the border with guns in his pickup truck. Tahmooressi told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in a phone interview he had hoped to look the judge in the eyes when he

Rubio: Senate immigration bill
won’t stop border surge
Washington Times, by By S.A. Miller & Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 10:30:56 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio says the immigration bill he helped push through the Senate would not have stopped the surge of children crossing the southwestern border illegally, breaking with his “Gang of Eight” co-authors who are urging the bill’s passage. “I don’t think the immigration bill that was proposed in the Senate would have prevented that from happening,” the Florida Republican told The Washington Times. “What I think would have prevented that from happening is sufficient border security on the ground that would have discouraged people from making that journey in the first place.”

California schools focus on foster care youth
Associated Press, by Lisa Leff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 10:23:11 PM     Post Reply
California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable. But first, officials have to figure out how many school-age foster children they have and where they are enrolled in a state that´s home to nearly one-fifth of the nation´s foster children. Until now, no state has attempted to identify every foster child in its public schools or to systematically track their progress, much less funnel funds toward those students or require school districts to show they are spending

Graffiti on proposed shelter for
immigrant children in Maryland:
‘No illeagles here.’
Washington Post, by Jenna Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 7:40:19 PM     Post Reply
Westminster, MD - As news spread this weekend that undocumented immigrant children might soon live in a former military facility in this town, graffiti appeared on the one-story brick building: “No illeagles here. No undocumented Democrats.” Aside from the misspelling — which prompted some snickering about sick birds of prey as a photo circulated on Facebook on Sunday — the scrawled message was a manifestation of the bitter national debate over how the government should treat these undocumented children. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children have arrived on the southwest border

How Palin’s Call for Impeachment
Is at Odds With Conservative Politics
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 5:07:46 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin first made her case for the impeachment of President Barack Obama here. She next explained her argument at FoxNews.com. Last week I explained in a Think Tank post why I thought Ms. Palin’s idea is a very bad one. I want to return to Ms. Palin’s recommendation in order to make a broader point about conservatism. Ms. Palin is not only championing the impeachment of President Obama; she also was a cheerleader for the tactic that led to the government shutdown last October. That turned out to be a disaster for the GOP and conservatism, and it achieved nothing useful.

Is A Digital Bible Less Holy?
U.S. Officials Increasingly
Sworn In On Tablets
Fox News Latino, by Hillary Vaughn    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:54:01 PM     Post Reply
It was called the wave of the future – the recently tapped U.S. ambassador to Switzerland was sworn in last month with her hand not on a paper Bible but on top of a Kindle. Techies called it revolutionary and applauded Suzi Levine for making history. But she wasn’t the only one who went high-tech when she took the oath of office. A county executive from Long Island, N.Y., used the Bible app on an iPad to be sworn in last year and a few months ago a group of firefighters from New Jersey huddled around a Kindle Bible when they took their oath. But the movement has drawn concern from some in the religious community who are reluctant

First State Sues Over Student Loan Fraud
Time Magazine, by Jacob Davidson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:43:16 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Illinois became the first state to sue so-called debt settlement companies for fraudulent student loan practices. The New York Times reports that two companies, Broadsword Student Advantage and First American Tax Defense, were sued for charging customers for debt assistance they never received. Debt settlement companies, which consumers pay for help consolidating their loans and decreasing their monthly payments, have long had a reputation for taking advantage of desperate borrowers eager for a quick fix. With Americans now holding $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loans, college grads appear to be

The border crisis —
Rick Perry’s fight-or-flight moment
Washington Times, by Steve Deace    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:35:53 PM     Post Reply
What’s transpiring on the Texas-Mexico border could turn out to be an even bigger story than many of us realize. What could be bigger than a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of children caught in the cross-fire between lawless Latin American regimes and the lawless regime in our White House? What could be bigger than potentially allowing scores of criminals and other ne’er-do-wells to use these children as human shields that allow them to enter our country illegally? How about the opening salvo in America’s next major political realignment? Conventional wisdom says the story here is President Obama’s dereliction of

White House asks
Darrell Issa to drop subpoena
Politico, by Lauren French    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:29:44 PM     Post Reply
The White House is asking Rep. Darrell Issa to withdraw a subpoena of a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and is offering instead to a hold a private briefing on activities in the administration’s political affairs office. In a letter sent Monday, White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston offered to brief Issa, a California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on the role of the the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach on Tuesday. That’s one day before the office’s director, David Simas, is under subpoena to testify on potential violations of the Hatch Act.



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The hypocrisy of Obama’s
15-day Vineyard vacation

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Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 6:42:49 PM     Post Reply
On April 1, the U.S. economy dropped a whopping 2.9 percent for the first three months of the year (no fooling). The American workforce participation rate fell to a 40-year low. One-third of people aged 18-29 have moved back in with their parents. Millions of Americans this summer will enjoy yet another “staycation”: They just can’t afford to go to the beach or the mountains, even for a week — again. (Snip) Forget that the United States is deep into what Mr. Obama dramatically declares a “humanitarian crisis,” that the Middle East is a powder keg about to blow, that Iraq has all but fallen to Islamist terrorists. (Why not forget; the president has.)

Report: Small Lifeless, Dead
Children Found “Washed Up
Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/14/2014 11:00:03 AM     Post Reply
A Fox News exclusive reported this morning by Jana Winter inexplicably buried the lede. Winter reports that several dead children have been discovered “washed up along the riverbank” of the Rio Grande, but fails to note that there have been no reports by the Obama administration on this. This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found in the Texas brush dead from the

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Daily Mail [UK], by Reuters & AP Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/15/2014 3:59:57 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. deported Honduran children as young as 1-1/2 years old on Monday in the first flight since President Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant minors from Central America. Fleeing violence and poverty, record numbers of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the United States over the past year, sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem. Monday´s flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, returned 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys, aged

Stephen Hawking joins
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Guardian (U.K.), by Harriet Sherwood and Matthew Kalman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/14/2014 8:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel´s treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president´s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres´s 90th birthday. Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he

Spokesman: Obama ´absolutely´
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The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:56:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists’ groups complaining about the administration’s policies toward the media. “There are a number of steps that we´ve taken to give people greater insight into what´s happening at the White House,” Earnest said in an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” The letter, signed by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Poynter Institute, among others, accuses the White House of "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." It

Michelle Obama to Latinos: ‘We cannot
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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:53:50 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform. “So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.” Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress wouldn’t get

Jon Voight Lashes Out Against
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Hollywood Reporter, by Staff    Original Article
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In remarks framed as a message to the American public, actor Jon Voight emotionally aired his political grievances for several minutes in a televised statement on Saturday. Those grievances range from (but are not limited to) Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the "targeting" of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza, illegal immigration, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, the treatment of war veterans, the chaos in Iraq and deep reservations about President Obama. "Five years ago, I stated that Obama would take the country apart piece-by-piece, that he would cause a civil war in this country," Voight read on Saturday in a statement on

Inside the Beltway:
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Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 7:59:09 PM     Post Reply
Inquiring minds wonder if there’s a “G” in the grading repertoire. And that does not stand for “good.” Pollster John Zogby has given President Obama an “F” this week for the White House performance on the global stage, and the researcher has no imminent good news for the president. “Some people have really bad weeks. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff got an ‘F’ after the nation’s soccer team lost to Germany. But President Obama’s week was just as bad,” Mr. Zogby says. “Israel and the Palestinians are at war again. The president should have visited the U.S.-Mexican border, where so many immigrant children are in danger and so many

Comic Character Archie to Die
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Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
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Exclusive - Sessions Warns All of Congress:
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:28:19 AM     Post Reply
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Holder sees ´racial
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The Hill (Washington D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:20:31 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents. “There´s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that´s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There´s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there´s a racial animus." Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago.” “We´ve

Obama a "shark" at the pool table,
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CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
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President Obama is known for being competitive on the basketball court, but he´s also apparently a cutthroat pool player. Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting on Sunday that the president surprised him by beat him in two consecutive games. To add insult to injury, the two were playing at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, a bar that Hickenlooper co-founded. "You know I´ll tell ya -- the man is a shark," Hickenlooper told reporters, Time reports. "I was up a few balls. I felt pretty good. I was actually wondering whether how hard should I --


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